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Barnaby and Loaker is a weekly webcomic published every Thursday! All characters, designs and stories are created by Gary Mackean and are subject to Copyright. Fans can contact the Gremlins at their email- barnabyandloaker@googlemail.com or to contact the creator of the strip regarding commissions and questions please feel free to use- garymackean@aol.com

Thursday, 26 March 2015

"Loaker, After Dark"



Issue#93: "Loaker, After Dark"

A sleepwalking Loaker destroys half of Moloch Falls....

Notes and References:

This issue shows the damage that a sleepwalking Loaker can do in one night.

This issue also marks the first occasion of Loaker sleepwalking although Barnaby indicates that he has done this before.

Emily Hair tells Barnaby about a terrifying monster that destroyed the town. This is an example of her overactive imagination and how fast rumours spreads among the superstitious townsfolk.

The imaginary monster that appears in this issue is similar in appearance to Loaker's evil Counterpart Lord Loaker who last appeared in issue#76 "Crisis On Mixed Up Earths...Again" in a zombie universe.

Beauregarde appears in the final panel of this issue. The character last appeared in issue#81: "Beauregarde's Booze Blues".

Emily Hair last appeared in issue#89: "Silence of the Loakers"

Thursday, 19 March 2015

"Love and Other Imaginary Things"

 

Issue#92: "Love and Other Imaginary Things"

Kathy Breaks up with her boyfriend. Feigenbaum meets a Pooka lady...  

Notes and References:

The title of this issue is a reference on whether love is a genuine thing or if it's merely an imaginary concept much like Feigenbaum being an imaginary creature. The title is also a play on the 2010 romantic comedy "Love & Other Drugs" directed by Edward Zwick and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway.

In the first panel of this issue, Kathy Dudbert breaks up with her new boyfriend Barney. The relationship first started in issue#87: "Barnaby Banks Loves Kathy Dudbert". The reason for the break up in this issue is because of Kathy's enduring love for Barnaby.

Feigenbaum states that Pookas are immune to falling in love but quickly changes his mind when a female pooka walks past him.

The quote that Feigenbaum recites on the last panel of this issue is from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Here is the quote-  

This bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath, May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet. Juliet, Act two, Scene two.

The quote basically means that the feeling of love between two individuals has just begun and will become much stronger as they continue to meet up.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

"Barnaby's Befuddlements"



Issue#91: "Barnaby's Befuddlements" 

Barnaby asks his father some questions...

Notes and References: 

The title of this strip is another example of alliteration used in some of the issues.

 After finding out that he can ask his dad anything, Barnaby proceeds to do so. The questions that Barnaby asks and the reasons behind them follow below-

"Why am I red and you're not?" 
 This question is connected to his adoption by the loving Banks family and his gremlin heritage.

"How do you know when a girl likes you?" 
This question comes from Barnaby's recent love problems with Kathy Dudbert in issue#87: "Barnaby Banks Loves Kathy Dudbert"

"Have you heard of someone called Feigenbaum?" 
This relates to Barnaby only seeing the pooka a few brief times and hearing Loaker and Emily Hair speaking about the character.

"Did Rupert really go to live on a farm?" 
This question reveals that Barnaby and Loaker's pet grembat has passed away at some point. Rupert first appeared in issue#15: "Barnaby and Loaker...and Rupert" and was last seen in issue#38: "Super-Gremlin and the Bald Wonder". Barnaby's parents have told their children a little white lie about Rupert going to live on a farm to spare them any pain.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

"The Gremlin, The Pooka and The Wardrobe"

 

Issue#90: "The Gremlin, The Pooka and The Wardrobe"

Loaker and Feigenbaum travel to a magical land....

Notes and References:

The title of the strip, the story and the images are all references to "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", A fantasy novel by C. S. Lewis published in 1950. The novel is part of a larger series of books that chronicles the adventures of the Pevensie children and others in the magical land of Narnia, a land of talking animals and mythical creatures.
As Feigenbaum points out, The wardrobe is a gateway to Narnia both in the original story and in this issue.

The costumes that Feigenbaum and Loaker wear after being kicked out of Narnia are reminiscent of the outfits the characters wear during the battles scenes of the 2005 film adaptation directed by Andrew Adamson starring Tilda Swinton, Liam Neeson and James McAvoy.

Feigenbaum states that the fauns they encountered were very rude and it seems like they kicked the two friends out of Narnia, this might indicate that this is a different version of Narnia than seen in the original novel.

The header image is a reference to the Lamp-Post scene where the youngest child Lucy Pevensie first meets the friendly faun Mr. Tumnus. The lampost is a major landmark of Narnia as it marks the beginning of Narnia.

The header also shows Loaker wearing his pjyamas and house-coat. He was last seen wearing these in issue#80 "The Snow Pooka".

Thursday, 26 February 2015

"Silence of the Loakers"


Issue#89: "Silence of the Loakers"

Everyone comes to Loaker with their problems....But is he even listening?  

Notes and References:

The title and the header image is a play on "Silence of Lambs", a Horror Crime novel written by Thomas Harris in 1988. It is the second book in the Hannibal Lecter series. The novel explores the relationship between the imprisoned cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter and the young FBI trainee Clarice Starling during the manhunt for another vicious serial killer known as "Buffalo Bill". Clarice trades painful childhood memories with Lecter in exchange for assistance in capturing the other killer. One such childhood memory is of the slaughtering of lambs at a farm where Clarice stayed as a child. The book was adapted into a film in 1991 by Jonathan Demme and starred Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.

The title of this issue refers to Loaker being oblivious to all the other characters who are speaking to him.

Barnaby and Kathy talk to Loaker about about the events of issue#87 "Barnaby Banks Loves Kathy Dudbert" where Barnaby discovered Kathy had a new boyfriend called Barney just when he was about to profess his love for her.

Barnaby purposefully gets Kathy's new boyfriend's name wrong by calling him Benny and Bernie.

Emily Hair complains about someone not liking the colour Yellow as it is her favourite colour.

Bancroft worries that his Gremlin suit is starting to smell. He has been stuck in the suit since he started wearing it in issue#56 "Kathy and the Real Boy".

Feigenbaum realises that Loaker has been daydreaming and hasn't been listening to his friends at all. Oddly, The imaginary character is the only one that Loaker notices or hears in this issue.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

"Do Gremlins Dream of Demonic Sheep?"

 

Issue#88: "Do Gremlins Dream of Demonic Sheep?"

Loaker has some uneventful dreams...

Notes and References:

The title of this issue is a reference to Philip K. Dick's 1968 sci-fi novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?". The novel is set in a post apocalyptic world where a bounty hunter must hunt down six rogue androids. The novel explores what it means to be human and the blurred lines between machine and man in this futuristic world.

The novel was eventually the basis for the 1982 movie Blade Runner directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer.

Two Feigenbaum related objects appear in Loaker's room in the first panel-

 1. a drawing of Feigenbaum by Loaker

 2. A teddy that looks similar to Feigenbaum. The teddy or one that resembles it originally appeared in issue#66: "The Grandfather"

Loaker discovers that his dreamworld is quite dull and boring unlike Barnaby's dreams about zombies and the Wizard of Oz.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

"Barnaby Banks Loves Kathy Dudbert"

 

Issue#87: "Barnaby Banks Loves Kathy Dudbert"

Barnaby realises that he loves Kathy....but is he too late?  

Notes and References:

Barnaby realises that he is in love with Kathy Dudbert. In previous issues it was Kathy being the one loved up usually in strips entitled "Kathy Dudbert Loves Barnaby Banks" with Barnaby failing to notice her affections.

Kathy fell out of love with Barnaby after confusing him with his doppelganger Bartleby in issue#48 "Kathy Dudbert Hates Barnaby Banks". However despite trying to move on, She still loved/loves him deep down possibly without realising it.

This is the first appearance of Kathy's new boyfriend Barney. The character purposely has a similar name to Barnaby and is meant to look like the human version of Barnaby. This is meant to show that perhaps Kathy is secretly still longing for her gremlin.

This is the first appearance of Kathy Dudbert in 2015.